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Unformatted text preview: The years 1903-1905 were arguably the most productive years of Einstein's entire career. In 1905, he published three papers that would transform physics in the twentieth century. The subjects of these papers were Brownian motion, quantum theory, and special relativity, each of which represented a groundbreaking solution to the most pressing problems facing physicists in Einstein's day. The paper on Brownian motion, entitled "On the Movement, Demanded by Molecular- Kinetic Theory, of Particles Suspended in Liquids at Rest," tied in closely with Einstein's dissertation on the statistical molecular theory of liquids. Brownian motion referred to the permanent erratic movement of particles suspended in a liquid, first noticed by the English botanist Robert Brown in 1828. Einstein predicted that the random motions of molecules in a liquid impacting on larger suspended particles--such as bits of pollen--...
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